The First Lady doesn't appear to have 'green fingers' but more like 'concrete fingers' as many of the beautiful flowers, some of which were planted by Jackie Kennedy in the 1960s and iconic cherry trees that use to adorn the garden have been uprooted and replaced with paving slabs and shrubbery.
Before and after photographs of newly renovated White House Rose Garden:
courtesy #Getty and @marycjordan https://t.co/w6bzoNHMjC
— Michael Beschloss (@Michael Beschloss)
The garden outside of the Oval Office since 1913 and has largely gone untouched since the aforementioned Kennedy administration. However, Melania's efforts although seeming good in nature didn't exactly spark joy on social media, with some comparing her redesign to a cemetery.
Melania “The Once-Ler” Trump. https://t.co/ulCM4uLY4U
— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid)
I normally think Melania has impeccable taste - but removing Jackie O’s rose garden and all the beautiful flowers a… https://t.co/YAAVk7EgFw
Others compared her to the former queen of France Marie Antoinette, who spent lavishly while her people struggled to survive, especially as the US is in the midst of a financial crisis, brought on by the coronavirus.
@MollyJongFast So Marie Antoinette coupled with https://t.co/oshp6Oq8Ik